Our Contributors

Contributors are arranged alphabetically by last name.

Sean Casey QC, MP, is the Member of Parliament for Charlottetown, the birth place of Canada. Sean is currently the chief Liberal spokesperson for Veteran Affairs, and the Associate Justice Critic.  Before becoming an MP, Sean was Managing Partner of the Charlottetown law firm of Stewart McKelvey.

He joined Stewart McKelvey in 1989, becoming a Partner in 1993. He was appointed as Queen’s Counsel in 2008. From 2003-2008, Sean worked with the family business, Paderno, as President of the Paderno Group of Companies. He worked extensively in strategic planning, financial management, operations and human resources. Sean elected to return to Stewart McKelvey and was named Managing Partner in 2008.

Mr. Chicoine was a Special Constable for the University of Montreal. Member of the federal NDP since 2004, he got elected for the first time at the election of May 2011. Nominated by Jack Layton as Deputy Critic for Public Safety, he is now Deputy Critic for Veterans Affairs under Thomas Mulcair leadership.

John Percy was appointed to the Shadow Cabinet as Veterans Affairs Critic by Elizabeth May in 2010. Seeing a gap in the party structure he actively sought out the position, and approaches veterans’ issues from a social justice perspective. Many of John’s family have, or are, currently serving in Canada’s armed forces.

Barry Westholm is a 31-year Veteran of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) serving with the Royal Canadian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (RCEME), until his transfer to the Joint Personnel Support Unit (JPSU) in 2009. He has been deployed on several CAF, UN and NATO Tours to locations including the former West Germany, Cambodia, Haiti, Central America and Syria. He applied for and occupied for two voluntary positions in his career, one with the Canadian Airborne Regiment (1993-95) and the other of Regional Master Warrant Officer and Sergeant Major of JPSU, Eastern Ontario Region (2009-13). In 2013, MWO Westholm resigned in protest regarding the management of the JPSU and has since been active in seeking assistance to his former Unit and the people it serves. 

David T. MacLeod CD MA served in the Canadian Forces 1982-2010.  As an Infantryman (I & II Bn PPCLI) and later an Intelligence Operator, he served in several missions including Cyprus, Bosnia, Kosovo, the NORAD response to 9/11, and operations in support of, and within, Afghanistan.  He holds a BA (Political Science) from University of Manitoba and an MA (Human Security & Peacebuilding) from Royal Roads University.  David is the former Director of Policy and Communication for Veteran Emergency Transition Services (VETS) and former Vice President (Eastern Canada), Equitas Disabled Soldiers Funding Society.  David is the principal and President of Glen Alpine Consulting Inc.  He resides in rural Nova Scotia with his wife and two children.